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Posts Tagged ‘Bill Hader’

Lorne Michaels Engineers Another Inspired Succession

ShutterstockDarrellHammondHarlem2012The choice of Jimmy Fallon to take over for Jay Leno will rank as one of the best decisions comedy impresario Lorne Michaels has ever made. As if that weren’t enough for the current calendar year, there is now news of an equally inspired move in the SNL announcer department.

Taking over in this 40th season of SNL for the late Don Pardo will be Darrell Hammond. From Andrea Romano‘s Mashable item:

Hammond, who was a cast member from 1995 to 2009, also occasionally sat in for Pardo when he was sick.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told USA Today. “When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him.”

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Bill Hader Ponders the Idea of a Stefon Sitcom

During an interview this week on Larry King Now, the SNL alum revealed that he and writing partner John Mulaney have concluded in the past that there just isn’t enough there for a Stefon movie. But the actor-comedian definitely liked the suspender-ed one’s alternate suggestion:

“A sitcom!? I haven’t heard that one; people always talk about a movie. A Stefon sitcom would actually be pretty great. Do it multi-camera, and he has like a normal neighbor and stuff.”

The Ora TV conversation brings back memories of the very messy time in Hollywood when fellow SNL alum Mike Myers abruptly walked away from a big Universal movie based on Sprockets eyebrow raiser Dieter. Arguably the NBC late night show character that most closely resembles Hader’s Stefon.

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Bill Hader Thanks HuffPost Writer for Tribute Piece

Celebrities attending Comic-Con cycle through a ton of interviews. So much so that in some cases they’re not always sure who they’re talking to.

“Wait, are you Mike Ryan?” asked Bill Hader at the beginning of his weekend chat with the Huffington Post senior entertainment writer. When Ryan answered in the affirmative, Hader went on to pay the journalist a very nice compliment:

“The day it came out that I was leaving SNL, I came in on Tuesday, and it was a little like, “Hey, everybody.” Everyone knew, but it was still, “Oh, it was in New York Times this morning…”

“I, personally, was feeling a little weird. And it was nice: Rob Klein, one of the writers, showed me that nice thing you wrote about me. That was such a nice – because you never know. And to be honest, I have such weird tunnel vision because I don’t really read stuff.”

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Live from Old Hollywood… It’s Bill Hader!

The number of cool events taking place this weekend in Hollywood at the 2013 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival is head-spinning.

Saturday alone, there’s Jane Fonda getting her hand and footprints done at the Chinese Theatre; Ms. Fonda making an appearance at the screening of On Golden Pond; and more. For example, two hours before SNL usually cold-opens on the east coast, there is also this 6:30 p.m. PT event: a screening of the classic Western Shane introduced by Bill Hader.

Hader is getting ready to host his third season of Essentials Jr. in June and also jumped in last fall as a TCM guest programmer. The four movies he picked for viewers in September included efforts by Billy Wilder and Akiro Kurosawa.

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Bill Hader Bows to John Cleese

For the first time since Eddie Murphy in 1983, a Saturday Night Live performer has been nominated at the Primetime Emmys in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Before Bill Hader finds out if he’ll take home the prize, he chatted with Elvis Mitchell for today’s episode of TheTreatment on KCRW.

There’s lots of good stuff about the mysteries of why some SNL skits work and other celebrity hosts don’t, even when they’re killing it in studio. Hader also talks about his admiration for comedians who remained calm amidst the craziness, like Harvey Korman, Gene Wilder and SCTV’s Rick Moranis. In that same vein, he also isolated a formative childhood viewing experience:

“Watching Monty Python and the movie And Now For Something Completely Different in the sketch where John Cleese is the guy teaching people how to defend themselves if anyone attacks with fresh fruit. And the way he plays that is as a real insane person. He doesn’t play it funny, at all. There’s a moment where everyone is listing off – ‘You’ve already told us how to defend us against cherries…’ – but it’s so funny, there’s just a shot of him listening to them and he’s playing it as a psychopath. And that, at a young age, I realized, ‘Oh, that’s what makes it so much funnier.’”

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The Ballad of Bill Hader’s Harshest Internet Critic

SNL cast member Bill Hader has told this story at least a couple of times, last spring on “Kevin & Bean” and currently via Bill SimmonsThe B.S. Report. It’s definitely a keeper.

During his first few seasons on the NBC show, Hader would spend Sunday mornings surfing the Internet and reading his worst critics. One of the most notable pans took the form of a long April 2006 blog post titled “The Ballad of SNL’s Bill Hader.”

As Hader tells it, he was in LA the following year for some Superbad re-shoots and found himself being driven by a friend of his roommate’s from the days when he lived here and worked as a PA. During the drive, that mutual acquaintance accidentally revealed himself to be the author of the blog post. Per Hader:

“As we’re talking, he’s like, ‘Yeah, I run this website, it’s called blah blah’… And I go, ‘How do I know that name, and I’m like, oh, that’s the affiliate of…’ Do you know this thing called “Ballad of Bill Hader”? And he’s just silent.”

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Sarah Palin Struggles to Name Influential Journalists at Correspondents’ Dinner

Sarah Palin, who rocketed to fame after being unable to form a single coherent answer during an interview with Katie Couric, had a similar moment after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

At the MSNBC after party, NBC’s blog NBCU Direct asked several famous attendees the following question: “Who do you think is the most influential journalist today?”

This actually turned out to be an amazing question choice. Some had answers right off the top of their head: Eliot Spitzer confidently chose Brian Williams, based on his viewership, followed by Jon Stewart. SNL’s Bill Hader got credit for choosing a non-TV personality, The New Yorker‘s David Grann.  But others struggled to even come up with a name (or seemed reluctant to name someone other than themselves, like Bret Baier).

Sarah Palin, well, she was one of the people who struggled. When asked she responded, “Oh my goodness, that’s a great question!” with excessive brightness, before asking her husband Todd Palin what he thought.

Todd had nothing

Palin returned,  “Um, gosh, that’s a great question, I have to think about it, OK? Because there are many.”

At that moment she walked up to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, with whom she was attending the MSNBC party, and then turned back to the NBC cameras and shouted: “Greta Van Susteren!”

Video is below the jump.

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FBLA Exclusive: What’s It Like To Be Spoofed on SNL?

Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks and AMC fame is now just a cog in a series of Bill Hader characters. Wow – Mankiewicz was parodied on SNL! We asked Ben what it feels like to be the Christine O’Donnell of TYT. “Seeing yourself spoofed on SNL is surreal,” the host tells FBLA. “Everybody thinks it’s great…but my mother. She asked, ‘Being parodied on TV does that make you a joke?’”

Relax Mrs. Mankiewicz, your son is still serious basic cable and Internet show host. But he does now have pretty stellar pick up line. Our suggestion: “Don’t be a hater ’cause I was played by Bill Hader!” Ahem.